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Serious injuries sideline athletes; Christian Jun Artist

Shin injuries, including shin splints, are common among runners and other athletes. Normally, they can be prevented by proper stretching and warming up before physical activity. .

Sundevils miss games, teams suffer f­ rom loss

Kevin Lage Entertainment Editor If the greatest joy in sports is hearing your coach say that you’re on the team, then the greatest disappointment is hearing your doctor say that you can’t play this season because of an injury. Sports can be a student’s favorite part of high school, but they are also often the most dangerous. Here are some students person accounts:

my head taped back together,” Love said. “I had to get 12 stitches, and I had a concussion.” Because of the severity of the injury, Love had to sit out for two games. He is back now, but as a safety precaution, the doctor is requiring that Love wear protective

headgear during games for the next month.

Emily Bell

In a recent water polo game, junior Emily Bell was choked by her defender while playing in the hole set posi-

Marvin Medina

While training for the upcoming track season, junior Marvin Medina was injured. “I was just running up this hill with a couple of my teammates and suddenly I got this sharp pain in my hip,” Medina said. After going to the doctor, Medina found out that he had tendonitis in his hip. “My doctor said that I will have to miss a couple of weeks of track preseason,” Medina said. “I’m missing base training, which is important for me because I run distance, but I should be there for the first day of actual practice.”

Christian Jun Artist

Concussions are common injuries. They can sometimes go unnoticed, but cause serious brain damage. Soccer players Blair Love and Greg Hendricks both suffered concussions in recent games.

tion. Shockingly, she had to continue playing, as the referee did not see it anything happening. “We were on offense and I was in set and she just got really mad at me,” Bell said. “She just wrapped her arm around my neck. I panicked and I couldn’t breathe.” Fortunately for Bell and the entire water polo team, it did not prevent her from playing in any other games or from practicing the following day. “It didn’t affect the season too much because I kind of just shook it off and kept playing,” Bell said.

Greg Hendricks

“I don’t remember much, but somebody told me later that it was a corner kick,” junior Greg Hendricks said. “The other player and I went up for a header, but instead of hitting the ball, he ended up headbutting me.” During a recent soccer game, Hendricks suffered a concussion which almost went unnoticed. “Nobody noticed anything was wrong,” Hendricks said. “I kind of just wandered around the field for like five Blair Love minutes until the coach subbed me.” Junior Blair Love cracked his head Hendricks was taken to the hospital to open during a soccer game earlier this seasee a doctor. son. The doctor cleared him to keep play“One of their guys kicked it straight ing with his concussion, with the condition up into the air,” Love said. “I jumped up to that he wears a protective headgear for two header it at the same time that their player weeks. did, and he just ran into my head. I fell onto Even though he was allowed to play the ground and was bleeding everywhere.” in the next game, Hendricks thinks that it Love was taken to the hospital to get Daniel Than Photographer affected how he plays. “I think it definitely made me a more checked out by the doctor. Athletic trainer Christine Ahlf stretches Steve Bivins (11) in the wresting room. Ahlf treats injuries every day ranging from concuscautious player,” Hendricks said. “They took me to the doctor to get sions and broken bones to twisted ankles and head trauma.

Trainer describes methods, recounts experiences Paresh DAve Web Editor

The sight that parents and fans in the stands hate to see is the one athletic trainer Christine Ahlf has to see. When she comes on the field, the spotlight is suddenly on her, but she must remain calm because there’s a player who can’t get up whose health may depend on her care. “There’s a stadium full of people with eyes on you and you’ve got to make the correct move,” she said. “There’s pressure in that. There’s no day that you can slack because that’s the day someone could go down hard. You have no idea if you’re going to be dealing with a broken neck or a

broken finger.” Ahlf follows the football, soccer, wrestling and gymnastics teams most closely because within each season these are the most high-risk sports when it comes to injuries. When she has to attend to injuries during games or matches during these or any other sport, she likes to follow one main rule. “If I’m calm, it calms the athlete down,” she said. “Some kids scream their heads off and I can’t do anything until they stop. Others know exactly what’s going on. “I typically don’t tell them what’s going on unless they really want to know. I just talk to them about their day and try to distract them.”

According to her, there’s one thing she definitely cannot do. “You can’t go ‘that’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen,’” she said. “You’ve got to say, now, what are we going to do with this?” It’s staying calm in the face of gruesome injuries that has allowed her to deal with athletes with a dislocated ankle, a broken jaw from a baseball, head trauma from a softball and two broken leg bones from a soccer collision. Ahlf not only relies on her ability to stay calm and block out distractions, but also her student trainers, who act as her eyes and ears. They help her notice injuries she may not have known otherwise. Every bit of aid is helpful,

especially when some athletes can’t help themselves. She’s had hostile athletes, and even seen a head injury cause a guy to punch a wall, but she’s never found a hurdle she couldn’t get over. “I’m never 100 percent sure what’s wrong with them, but you have to deal with the symptoms the best you can,” she said. When everything is wrapped up, it’s Ahlf, sometimes along with a physician, who has the final say if a player can play or not. For her, each situation becomes a unique judgment call. But there’s little doubt that most of those sights are one’s that most would rather not.

Desire to win pushes some wrestlers to dangerous diets Sara Shantz staff writer He sat in class and tried to focus on the lesson but his stomach wouldn’t stop growling…five minutes passed and he was still miserable. Finally he got up in the middle of class and walked out the door for some fresh air. Cutting weight is a part of wrestling but some MC wrestlers may take it too far. MC wrestlers are supposed to cut weight through diet and exercise. At the beginning of the season the boys had to take a test to make sure that they were hydrated. Then they had to get on a scale that calculates their body fat. Based on that number, they are allowed to cut weight in healthy increments. They are each allowed a certain

percentage of weight that they can lose each week. Most wrestlers follow this system but some don’t. There are still ways around the system that many have figured out. “Some kids still starve themselves… you’re still going to have the guys that are out there in sweat suits running until they can’t run anymore just trying to sweat their water weight out,” athletic trainer Christine Ahlf said. As a last ditch effort to lose weight, some wrestlers skip meals or stop eating all together. “I’ve seen a couple kids growlingly look at other kids’ food or some people get really cranky when they’re trying to cut weight,” Ahlf said. Math teacher Helen Olmsted believes that when wrestlers cut weight if

effects their performance in school. “Students who are very hungry are usually distracted and tired, and are unable to pay attention,” Olmsted said. Not only does this affect their performance in school, but it could potentially come back to haunt them in the future. “These kids are growing and this could potentially stunt their growth,” Ahlf said. “This kind of up and down eating is a form of disordered eating…,” Ahlf said. “You hear a lot of girls talking about being anorexic or bulimic or whatever but it’s just as prevalent in wrestling as it is in girls’ sports.” While not all wrestlers resort to such drastic measures to lose weight, some may take it too far.

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Artem Mavrin (12) pins an opponent during the San Marcos dual meet.



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Hall survives sickness, finds peace in surfing Vincent pham staff writer For Tucker Hall, surfing means a lot more than just catching the perfect wave. It means freedom. Every time he puts on a wet suit to surf, he breaks away from a world of transfusions and a battle with life. Hall, a senior on MC’s surf team, was diagnosed with Blackfan Diamond Anemia at the age of two. It was a rare disorder in which his body could not produce enough red blood cells. As he rests on his surfboard, he knows what going through a lifethreatening experience has taught him. “Be positive,” Hall said. “If you have a good attitude, things will always go your way.” Steroids were the first method of treatment for his disorder. Prednisone was the type of steroids Tucker took in order to produce blood cells. However, the harmful side effects would be evident down the road. “I took steroids for about eight and a half years,” Hall said. “It kind of messed up all my organs. After we knew that was a problem, we had to change things up.” Hall’s spleen and gallbladder

had to be removed. The next recommended procedure was a bone marrow transplant. The doctors took a cord blood, like the blood obtained from the umbilical cord at birth, and they transplanted it into his body, essentially giving Hall a blood transfusion. After that came chemotherapy, knocking out his white blood cells. For a while, his chances of survival were about the same as flipping a coin. But despite that, Hall, with the support of his parents, persevered while in the hospital. “I was pretty scared for while,” Hall said. “But my parents were there with me day-and-night. They kept me happy and lifted my spirits up.” As other kids around him were bedridden, Hall walked around the hallway countless times in order to keep his body active and stay healthy. In some ways, this might have saved his life as other children around him lost their lives to pneumonia because they were not able to get out of bed. The Make-a-Wish Foundation then teamed up with Hall and his family for an unforgettable experience. “I went up to New Hampshire Motor Speedway where I met Jeff Gordon,” Hall said. “The Pepsi race

team was there and they took over and let us sit in the sky boxes and watch the race. It was a lot of fun.” About four months into his recovery period, white blood cells started appearing. His stem-cell transplant allowed his body to begin making red blood cells. Hall moved to MC right before his freshmen year. That’s when he met Linda Benson, a former professional surfer. “I got lessons through her and just started picking up on surfing,” Hall said. “For a while we didn’t do much; we’d go once or twice a month. But it started progressing a little more, and now we go at least three to four times a week.” When Hall isn’t surfing, he loves to snowboard and goes up to the mountains with his friends to hang out for the weekend on occasions. As for the future, Hall plans on attending culinary school. He hopes to eventually open up his own restaurant next to the beach some day. As for right now, Hall is enjoying his final months of high school and surfing out in the sunshine. “I enjoy surfing because it relaxes you,” Hall said. “When I’m out in the water, there is no stress and I can just be myself.”


Tucker Hall (12) catches a wave during surf team practice. Hall has fought for his life since birth, suffering from the severe illness Blackfan Diamond Anemia. The steroids doctors gave Hall for treatment caused major issues within his body, and he needed several organs removed. Hall began taking surfing lessons soon after he moved to San Diego before freshman year.

Webb, Angus captain water polo team; share scholarships Nicole bustamante staff writer It was sixth grade when senior Christina Webb and senior Karalee Angus met for the first time. During a snack break, Christina sat next to one of Karalee’s friends, and they have been best friends ever since. Or maybe they met for the first time at a church barbecue in sixth grade. Each friend tells a different story but both end the same way. Apart from being together in school these two girls share the privilege of being the varsity girls water polo captains. Captains are selected by the coach. Varsity coach Jon Au chose these girls after he had observed their leadership skills over a period of four years. According to junior Wendy Dorr he clearly made the right choice. “Nina [Christina] and Beef [Karalee] are some of the funniest and craziest people on the team, and it is easy to listen to the two ALLISON ROGERS | PHOTOGRAPHER of them because you know that they have to Christina Webb (12) carries friend and teammate Karalee Angus (12) atop her shoulders. make themselves be serious too,” Dorr said. The two have known each other since sixth grade, and have been friends for seven years Webb and Angus are coming up on now. They were also chosen to be captains of the varsity girls water polo team by coach their seventh year of friendship and their Jon Au. Together, they led the team to many a victory with their combined leadership. water adventure all started with an old swim

University. team. Actually Angus helped Webb get extra Both girls used to swim together for a local club team called PQAC which practices money to attend Cal Baptist. Over a year ago the Cal Baptist coach at MC. After MC’s water polo practice, they would often leave the goal cages in giving saw both Angus and Webb at a tournament and invited both to attend the “junior the swimmers the opportunity to play. They instantly fell in love with the game preview event.” Later they were both offered scholarship money to attend the school. and decided to join a water polo club team. Webb was offered $4000 to play and Their favorite memory from this year is Angus was offered the game against $300. However Angus’s Orange Glen. first choice in colleges Well into the We have become great friends was Wheaton and after game when MC being accepting there had a significant these last seven years and I can’t she no longer needed lead on the the scholarship. opposing team imagine not staying that way.” She wrote to the Au gave them the coach asking to give opportunity to - Christina Webb (12) Webb the extra money switch roles. and to her surprise, they With Webb in the goal and Angus in the field, the two did. made quite a team. With a friendship like that you can’t go Luckily, Webb did not let any goals in wrong. Webb and Angus have made a bond and Angus was actually able to score a goal that will last a lifetime or at least longer than herself. high school. In fact, both girls are talented enough “We have become great friends these last to both be receiving a scholarship to play seven years and I can’t imagine not staying that way,” Webb said. “And, our college water polo in college. Angus will be attending Wheaton teams will play each other at least once a year and Webb with be attending Cal Baptist so that should be a fun reunion.”

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Ibanez, brother share times on varsity soccer Dorr tense in school, lets go with water polo

Steven Ibanez Mackenzie lance sports editor Sophomore Steven Ibanez was four-years-old when he started playing soccer, and since then he’s been hooked. His talent was obvious, even from such a young age, and he’s excelled in club teams like PQ Premier long before making the MC Varsity team. He started playing soccer after watching his brother’s experiences with the sport. “My brother had started playing soccer, and I had watched him for a little bit,” Ibanez said. “I thought that it looked like a lot of fun, so I decided to join up on a team, started playing, and I was really good. It was really great because I had a lot of fun, I got to meet a bunch of new people, and it was just a great experience.” Now Ibanez is playing for the varsity team, an experience he finds greatly enjoyable. “[Playing varsity soccer] is a really great experience,” Ibanez said. “It’s new for me because I don’t really play

with older kids, and it’s tough, but it’s getting me a lot better. I really like my team, they’re really fun to hang out with and it’s really cool.” Ibanez plays sweeper for the team, meaning he is the last defender before the goalie. “[Playing] sweeper is pretty difficult at times, but then I always have my team to help me out, and I can always boss them around because I’m the sweeper, and I’m supposed to have the big mouth back there,” Ibanez said. Not only is Ibanez on the varsity team, but he has also finally caught up to his brother, junior Nick Ibanez, the person who introduced him to soccer in the first place. “It’s pretty cool because we get to go to practice together, and we get to hang out a lot more,” Ibanez said. Ibanez and his brother have a bit of sibling rivalry. Despite this, they are still very close. “We’re really cool, we don’t fight that much, and we help each other with homework because we’re in a couple of the same classes,” Ibanez said. “At times [we fight], but it doesn’t really get that bad though, like we never really fight, a couple of words come out, but that’s about it.” Along with being on the varsity team, Ibanez is also taking multiple Honors classes and is involved with Best Buddies and CSF. Ibanez sees great opportunity for himself and the varsity team. “We’ve won a lot of games, so come out and watch!” Ibanez said.

QUICK HITS If you had $100 to spend on anything, what would it most likely be? A trampoline. What is your greatest fear and why? Spiders, because they sneak up on you. If you could own any brand of clothes, what would it be? O’Neill What is your weirdest food combination? Chocolate syrup and bagels. If you could un-invent one thing, what would it be and why? Tests because they stress me out. What do you plan to do after high school? Go to college. Name one person or group of people that you admire. Professional soccer players. What is your favorite TV show? House. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Super flying because I could get anywhere really fast and view the world in a different perspective. What is your worst pet peeve and why? A lot of homework, because I like to relax and homework makes me think.

Wendy Dorr kaveri Gyanendra features editor New to driving, junior Wendy Dorr skillfully maneuvers her car, taking the first few weeks of being a new driver carefully. Cautious behind the wheel and a perfectionist in the classroom, Dorr lets loose when she’s in the pool, and is at her prime when playing water polo. Dorr, who started playing water polo when she was 11, began on a club team. “I began playing with a small team that was called Tsunami,” Dorr said. “I was the youngest by far, with the next youngest on the team being a seventh grader. I learned to practice, and play with older girls as I developed the frame of mind to deal with being the baby on the team and look up to my teammates.” Learning to respect her teammates came in handy when she started out on the varsity team her freshman year. As the youngest on the team, she made it a priority to progress throughout the

season. Dorr loves playing water polo for various reasons, both inside and outside of the pool. “I love that in water polo you can relax as long as you’re not moving because it is easy to tread water and float,” Dorr said. “I also love the friendship on the team because you can splash your friend, dunk them, and pull on their feet.” The team bond is a strong one that keeps the girls tight, a united team. “I love knowing that the girls next to me on my team are tough and are fighters so we easily rough house and throw each other in the pool.” Although the times spent in the water are fun and memorable with the team, there are demanding aspects of the game and season. “I think the most challenging part of water polo is countering (swimming back and forth in the pool) because it is tiring and if you cannot keep up with the girl on the other team I get frustrated. So conditioning is a big part of the sport for me,” Dorr said. Outside of the water world, Dorr leads a busy life, keeping up with school and extra curricular activities, such as various clubs on campus. Behind it all, Dorr has one factor that keeps her going. “The number one thing that keeps my life right side up is my religion and my faith in God,” Dorr said. “That will always be the focus of my life and for everything I do, the glory goes to God.”

quick hits If you had $100 to spend on anything, what would it most likely be? I would probably spend it on taking care of my pets, because my bunny has a big vet bill. Or if I could help animals without homes, I would put the money towards them. What is your greatest fear and why? I honestly don’t really know because I try not to think about anything that scares me. If you could own any brand of clothes, what would it be? I really stray from the average girl when it comes to fashion because I don’t know or care about almost all brands. What’s your weirdest food combination? (Example: potato chips and caramel dip) Being a picky vegetarian I don’t combine food very often, but I would say my weirdest dessert is probably frozen peas. If you could un-invent one thing, what would it be and why? I would probably un-invent texting. I recently got texting, and I think that it is fun to text; however, it really takes away from most relationships. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? I would probably want to be able to breathe underwater. That would make swimming, water polo, and scuba diving a lot easier.


B3 Girls polo remains undefeated in league

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aditi pai STAFF WRITER There’s nothing like the intensity of a crowd before the important shot. The tension of the people in the water and the excitement that follows. For the MC girls water polo team, this array of feeling led them into a winning game against Valley Center, their top competition in the league. “Valley Center was beating everyone in the league since 2003 and then when we came in the first time we played them we won by nine points,” senior April Purdy said. “We played them next at the San Diego Open and won by four. The third time we played them was our bi-league game and we beat them by one. We were down or tied the entire game so it was a big upset.” Valley Center amped up their intensity in hopes of defeating MC, but to no avail. This last game played on Feb. 5 was the game where MC took the league title. Besides their successful league game, the polo team made a mark at the San Diego Open, a tournament where almost all schools in San Diego competed. MC came in second to Bishop’s and had a chance to scout out all their CIF competitors. Since girls polo moved to D1, they compete against very few teams during the season that they will see in CIF so this tournament bolstered

their knowledge of their competition. “We want to go somewhere in CIF this year,” Purdy said. “If we want to do something really good we need to win these two key games.” With only two more league games against Canyon Crest and Orange Glen left, the team looks forward to CIF in their near future. “We feel pretty good about the rest of the season,” senior Vanessa Evans said. “We are going to be league champions after we play our last two league games, and for CIF we are hoping to be seeded third so we will be able to go far.” With a little more season left before they wrap up, Evans looks back and finds this one of the best seasons she experienced while playing for MC. “We have had one of the best seasons I have participated,” Evans said. “We are really close, like a family. Since we are all good friends we can joke around with each other. I guess we all have our little nicknames and little quirks about ourselves that we tease each other about. I was given the name V-baby sophomore year by Emily Purdy, April Purdy’s older sister, and it just kind of stuck.” Nevertheless, the rest of the season is underway and the girls refuse to back down. “Practices are still intense,” Evans said. “John doesn’t want to back off on conditioning; we are not going as hard as we were in the beginning of the season. We are keeping practices intense and focused so we will be ready.”

Allison Rogers | Photographer

In the Valley Center game, Emily Bell (11) scans the pool for an open teammate. The team won 6-5. The game against Valley Center help to secure the league title for the Sundevils. The girls are remaining optimistic for their future in CIF with only Canyon Crest and Orange Glen standing in their way. Throughout the season, the girls have become extremely close and attribute their success to their family-like bond. The coach continues to keep their conditioning and practices intense as the girls prepare for their end of the season games. The girls will be facing many new competitors because few of the Division I teams are in the Valley League.

Strong season continues for girls basketball sARA SHANTZ STAFF WRITER She tried her best to ignore the roaring Ramona crowd screaming her name when she was trying to focus on her free throw. She took a deep breath and made it: nothing but net. MC faced off against Ramona on Friday, Jan. 23. Both teams are very closely matched, which made for an intense game. “We went to their house and the crowd was crazy,” senior Brea Matthews said. “They were calling out our

names during free throws. We told ourselves what we were going to do, and we did it.” Ramona controlled the game during the first half but, finally in the third quarter, MC pushed ahead and gain a 36-35 lead. In the end, MC managed to snatch the victory away from Ramona, winning 68-62. Junior Carly Voris feels that although Ramona has a couple of good players, they were no competition for MC. “Ramona’s posts are big and very strong, but they were no match for our outside shooting and disciplined

defense,” Voris said. While all of the team contributed to the victory against Ramona, there were a few standouts. Senior Brea Matthews lead the team in points with an impressive 22 points scored. Senior Maggie Doremus was a close second with 16 points, followed by junior Alix Johnson with 15 points. Voris added an impressive 10 rebounds. Feb. 3, the girls played Westview, but the Wolverines were no match for MC. The final score of the game was 66-33. The team is equipped with some

of the best players in the league. Voris believes that the team possesses certain qualities that give them an upper hand in their league. “What sets our team apart is that we are very athletic and have and very smart coach,” Voris said. Voris feels that the team has great chemistry which helps them on the court. “We all get along and spend time at team lunches and say hi in the halls,” Voris said. “Our team chemistry on the court is good because we have been playing together for a while and know how each other play.”

Girls soccer improves after tie against Westview melissa roadman EDITOR -IN-CHIEF Ears, nose, eyes, groin. We’ve seen these moves in “Miss Congeniality,” but for the girls soccer team, they’re part of a workout. The girls soccer team attended self defense classes two weeks ago in order to have a unique workout. “We went for about two hours and learned self-defense moves,” senior Danielle Leiva said. “We did stretches too. One of the girls on our team, her dad and her little brother go there, so they got us a free class to try it out.” It was also a time for the team to bond. “It was a really hard workout actually but it was really fun,” junior Kellie Fox said. “Our coach thought

that it would be a fun team bonding experience and it was.” After this class, the girls came back renewed and ready to take on the competition. After a disappointing 2-0 loss to Westview earlier in the season, the girls set their minds on redemption. The first half of the game was not in their favor, however no goals were scored. “They controlled in the first half but in the second half we controlled them,” Leiva said. With a 1-1 tie to one of the top teams in the league, Fox believes this was the best game they have had this season. “They scored first in the second half and we came back and scored,” Fox said. “It was a really good game. We fought our hearts out. We played

the best game we’ve played this season.” Although the game ended in a tie, Leiva says the team was satisfied. “It was good to get the tie instead of a loss,” Leiva said. “We played a lot better than we did the first time.” Fox believes their success was mainly due to their drive to beat the competition. “I think everyone was pumped up for the game,” she said. “Everyone was ready to play and really, really wanted to win.” The game was at Westview, however a large crowd of MC supporters showed up to cheer on the team. This helped the team focus and remember the task at hand, beating Westview! “There was a lot of people there,” Fox said. “It helps. People who come out and support [you] make you want

to play harder and do better.” According to Fox, this was an extremely important tie for the team. “They’re our biggest rival in our league because we switched leagues,” Fox said. “It’s the most fun game to play in and we know a lot of girls on the team. They are undefeated in league.” MC has also defeated West Hills in a non-league game, 3-2. They also faced the Ramona Bulldogs for the second time around this season. After a 6-0 win previous, the team went in confident and pulled off a 3-0 win. Fox does not believe this was one of their best games. “We didn’t come out strong but we still came out with a win,” she said. The girls will be playing their last league game Tuesday at Oceanside.

Areas of improvement needed for boys basketball; hopeful for playoffs vincent pham STAFF WRITER With a string of games coming down to the wire, the boys basketball team has surely been battle tested. In a recent game on Jan. 23, the boys got an impressive 60-58 home victory over Oceanside, who came into the game with a 14-2 record. Sophomore J.C. Buford led the way with 14 points and senior Ryan Carden added 10 points. A week later, the boys beat Ramona for the second time this season, 68-62. Junior Mike Nelson came up big that game with 21 points including 11 free throws made, and junior Jamie Ferguson delivered another 14 points. Junior Lewis Sheffield said that communication was the recipe for their success. “Everybody was passing the ball and we just hit the open man against Ramona,” Sheffield said. “People like Mike [Nelson] got the ball and finished in the post and he hit his free throws in the clutch.” On Feb. 3, the boys looked to avenge their one point loss at home to Westview in January. Instead they came up just a bit short, suffering a 41-39 loss to Westview. The team had a nine point lead coming into the fourth quarter, and extended that lead to double digits with about four minutes to go in the game when it fell apart. “We just stopped scoring,” Ferguson said. “Our shots weren’t going

in and we were committing too many turnovers down the stretch.” After putting up 16 points in the third quarter, the boys were held to just five points in the fourth quarter. Last Friday, the team lost 54-48 to Valley Center. Once again, troubles down the stretch plagued the team as they were tied with Valley Center coming into the fourth quarter and were outscored 16-10 to end the game. Ferguson and Sheffield both admit that the team still has some room for improvement from a defensive standpoint. But they insist that it is improving as of Feb. 10, the team’s leading scorer was Mike Nelson, who has 191 points for the season. The team’s leading three-point scorer is Jamie Ferguson, with 29 three-pointers made. Lastly, the team’s leader in free throw percentage is J.C. Buford, with a 76.3% average. The team’s next game is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Sundevil Arena against Orange Glen. A key to winning this game is for the boys to keep Chris Locher and Tartir in check. The two combined for 26 points against the Sundevils in their last meeting. The boys lost 66-53 in that game on Jan. 20. Although the wins have come few and far between for the boys, Sheffield believes the team still has something to play for. “We still have a chance to go to the playoffs,” Sheffield said. “We’re looking forward to that and we just need to keep playing hard.”

Captains, coaches inspire optimism in boys soccer; expectations now high for CIF after initial setbacks Lauren hall STAFF WRITER With the end of the season merely a few games away, the boys soccer team is only a step away from CIF. All season the sights have been set on the team making it to CIF, and with the end so near, they are remaining focused on what has pushed them all along. The team has high expectations for the outcome. “My predictions are that we can make it all the way to the finals if we play as well as we can,” junior Aodhan Quinn said. The team won in their game against Ramona 5-1, and 2-1 against Valley Center. But the team admits that they wouldn’t have made it where they are today score-wise and confidence-wise without the help of their coaches. “Our coaches are pretty loose,” sophomore Chad Eckman said. “They don’t beat down on you, but

at the same time they really bring the grown accustomed to each other and working together. team together.” “As a team we have gotten much And with the help of these strong closer and we are showing it on the leaders including the captain, Grisfield,” Quinn said. “Personally, I just wold, the team has become a force to learned that I have to have patience be reckoned with. and it will pay “ O u r off.” coaches, The boys Coach Green also inspire each and our asOur coaches, coach Green and other to do betsistant coach our assistant coach Gold, are very ter. Gold, are “Our keepvery good good coaches, They push us every day at practice because they know er Joey is pretty coaches,” cool,” Eckman Quinn said. we can eventually win CIF’s.” said. “He got “They push us every day played a lot at -Aodhan Quinn (11) at practice the beginning, because they but not as much know we can at the end, but eventually win CIF’s.” he’s still at every practice and is there At the beginning the boys were supporting us at every game.” not sure how they would rank this The key part of this team that season, due to their young team and makes them strong is the fact that so few players who were able to start they are not just a team; they are all out this season. friends. “Our team is very funny, we alWith time, however, they have

ways have a nickname for people like Party-Pooper or Muffin,” junior Ben Wickenden said. “Before the San Marcos game one of our players commentated our whole warm up in an English accent. It was really funny.” The guys are constantly learning from one another in all aspects of the game. “Stephen Griswold is inspiring as a captain,” Wickenden said. “He is going to a Division I school for soccer, so we always listen to what he says.” And for Griswold, the feelings that he has for his teammates are mutual. “Being a senior, I’m definitely going to miss both of our coaches and some of the players that I have known for a long time,” Griswold said. Through the unexpected season and the trials faced, the team has surpassed it all of their goal while enjoying it at the same time. They are looking forward for the upcoming seasons.

Mary carmen gonzalez | Photographer

Aodhan Quinn (11) kicks the ball in the game versus San Marcos. The team won 7-6. The team hopes to reach CIF playoffs.



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February 13, 2009

One is not necessarily the loneliest number Artist: John Legend Title: Evolver

The album is just simply described through one word: enjoyable. He’s a legend for songs of the hardships of love. Strangely, this time around John Legend brings a new taste of upbeat tempos to some of the music in his new album “Evolver.” Though most of his music is still about relationships, Legend features the already popular single “Green Light,” which gives the sense of a song to dance to whenever and wherever. He also created the best alarm clock song, ironically titled “Good Morning” which creates a tranquil melody that would actually make someone feel comfortable when they wake up to it. Legend somewhat strays from straightforward love relationship situations that he is so well known for. However, the songs actually express effects of love in some of his tracks such as “Floating Away” and “It’s Over.” The album also features songs with famous artists such as Kanye West in “It’s Over” and Estelle in “No Other Love.” Both songs relate to opening and closing relationships, but ironically both have opposite opinions on them. Overall the music in “Evolver” just makes you feel good, almost a little carefree. The album is definitely something to listen to on the days where life just isn’t going as great as it could be. Taking a break from life would be nicely complemented by songs in “Evolver” considering its ability to put emotions in a tranquil mode. With “Evolver” Legend brings another flurry of songs about love and he still creates an album that once again, reflects his last name: a Legend.

-Shayon Said

Local 99 cent stores give most bang for a buck

ADITI PAI STAFF WRITER In today’s difficult economy, the idea of shopping for everyday items suddenly becomes harder. Well, one would hope that in times like these, stores exist that sell all their products for cheap prices...say a dollar. This facilitates the loosening of purse strings and people can get everything they need as their shopping bill stays reasonable. The 99 Cents Only stores throughout the county provide inexpensive items that range from produce to school supplies to even hair care products. WARNING: not all items at the 99 cent store are under a dollar. Though a good amount are, there are those select specialty products sold that come out to $3.99 or $2.99. Nevertheless everything at this store provides extremely inexpensive products and makes shopping particularly enjoyable.


The most beneficial buys for high school students are the school supplies. Forget Staples and their $5 mechanical pencils, all supplies at this store stay under a dollar. They carry rulers, markers, pencils, staplers and other basic supplies that satisfy daily school demands.


Without the worry of unknown brands, one can buy a range of body washes and hair care products for under a dollar. Though it sounds sketchy to buy body contact items at a store

that sells them for almost no money, the 99 Cent Only Store sells only the most mainstream products such as Dove and Pantene. They even provide hair sprays and different brushes for styling purposes.


Believe it or not, this store has the perfect items to use on a long trip in a plane or a car. For entertainment they sell quality portable board games like chess, Chinese checkers, and Snakes and Ladders. Their durable iPod cases for any trip are probably their most popular item yet. While people accept Target as a fairly inexpensive store, it sells the same cases but for $16 more. For hungry travelers, they can buy great portable snack bags for long trips. Their snacking section is one of their largest and includes candy, chips, and on-the-go drinks. Besides the most popular products, people can buy almost

Value of U.S. dollar varies country to country DENNIS SUN STAFF WRITER A dollar bill can get you quite a few things in the U.S., but the value of a dollar in other countries can be quite different. When in China, a dollar equates to 6.8 Chinese yuan. The amount of money you have increases almost sevenfold if you go there. Having dollars in China has plenty of advantages, such as being able to buy first class seats in trains or going to fancy restaurants. However, when buying Western products like (nonpirated) designer brands like Prada and Burberry, the price of

products actually goes up a bit. If you bought a (real) Prada bag in China, it might cost $160 instead of $150. Industrializing countries like China, such as Mexico, have this kind of system, where one can get things much cheaper (though not necessarily in good quality) than the same products bought in the U.S. This is because they are less advanced economically than the U.S. China has been catching up in recent years, however, and the decrease of the value of the dollar has only sped up the process. In many European countries, the value of the dollar is less than local currencies, so things are

more expensive for Americans. Buying food and merchandise is expensive, and staying at hotels costs much more than it would in the U.S. Despite this, many people from the U.S. still visit Europe. In light of the recent financial crises, the number of travelers to Europe has declined slightly, but Europe still receives the most number of visitors worldwide, holding 54.4% of the 2006 market share, according to So, when traveling, it’s important to take into account the various currency conversions that occur in different countries. The dollar is worth something here, but its value can change depending on location.


anything for around the house that is a necessity. Cleaning products and air fresheners come in different varieties and little children would love their massive Disney section with coloring books, Hannah Montana posters and movies. The 99 Cent Only Store provides so many options, even in the hardest of times one can embrace the inexpensive.


Value menus offer Sundevils delicious alternatives

Title: Slumdog Millionaire Rating: R


“Slumdog Millionaire” is a touching story about a boy who rises up from nothing, from less than poverty, to play for 20 million rupees on India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” He doesn’t have an advanced degree. He didn’t even finish basic schooling, and he’s not cheating. But somehow, he has all the answers. Everything that has happened to him throughout his life serves as a clue to the next question, many of which he wishes he didn’t know the answer to. He has had an extremely interesting and emotional life, from the day his mother was killed by an anti-Muslim mob to the time he spent scamming tourists at the Taj Mahal. Jamal, played by Dev Patel, left home at the age of eight with his brother. Soon after, they met Latika (Freida Pinto), whom he struggles to protect throughout the movie. This is not an easy task, considering the number of times she becomes separated from him. Directed by Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire” is also a major contender to win “best film” in the Oscars this year. Although it is a foreign movie, a lot of it is in English, so people who’d rather not read subtitles for two hours don’t need to worry. Its themes of love and the triumph of the human spirit need no translation anyway.

-Erica Byerley

Jack in the Box

Taco Bell



MACKENZIE LANCE SPORTS EDITOR Want to be a dollar menu millionaire? Want to chug seemingly endless soda and still have extra cash? Would you like a double cheeseburger for less than other restaurants charge for a small fry? To get the most bang for your buck, the fast food restaurant of choice is McDonald’s. The famed dollar menu at McDonald’s offers a multitude of options for the cheap connoisseur. Whether you crave a sausage breakfast burrito in the morning or wish for a healthy fruity snack in the afternoon, like a parfait, the dollar menu is perfect. Classic McDonald’s items, such as an order of small French fries, also appear on the dollar menu. After you scarf down those fries, you could quench your thirst with a giant 42 ounce drink for just 99 cents. This may seem like too much soda for one person to handle, but it is cheaper to go supersize than to purchase a small drink. A truly frugal person would get the supersize and simply pace themselves. For those hoping to satisfy a sweet tooth, the dollar menu features several types of cookies, three for a dollar, ice cream sundaes and a pair of apple pies. If you have fast food as your only option, but hope to stay healthy, you can get a small side salad, instead of indulging in sugar and fat. When you look in your wallet and only see lint and a few random coins, it is time to head toward the golden arches and pay a visit to Ronald McDonald.

His stomach is grumbling wildly. He looks at the clock as the final seconds of class are tick-tocking away. And finally the liberating bell rings. He speeds out of the parking lot and looks into his wallet. But to his dismay he finds only ONE LONELY DOLLAR BILL. Thankfully for this starving, dismayed young man, he does have some options at Jack in the Box for just one dollar. Among these options include the well known two taco deal. Compared to Taco Bell’s 89¢ taco, this is a great deal, getting double the food for only 11¢ more. Another popular deal is the monster taco, also for one dollar. Although it is just one taco, there is more in it and therefore more filling and still a great deal. Coming in at 260 calories, this might not be the most healthy option but you’re sure to find that the delicious taste will make up for the lack of nutrional value. If one happens to have an extra 9¢? Lucky for them they can get a hamburger or a breakfast Jack. Although these are some of the most unhealthy options you can now order sandwiches “bunless” and they will be happy to remove the bread and serve on a tray. If one is in the mood for something sweet, five delicious mini churros are sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. So, as this once starving student cures his hunger, he may urge you to think twice when you consider yourself out of luck with one dollar.



KATELYN CUTTS NEWS EDITOR With the economy in a slump, money is becoming scarce. It’s time to “think outside the bun” to save some money. Taco Bell is a refreshing alternative to your basic 99 cent cheeseburger. It has introduced a new menu dedicated to those with only pocket change called, the why pay more menu. For only 79 cents you can get a cheesy roll-up which is just your basic quesadilla. If you have a sweet tooth, order the cinnamon twists. They are a fried, crunchy delight the size of a medium order of fries at McDonalds. For only ten more cents, the triple layered nachos are a simple, yet delicious treat with no meat. It has nacho cheese, beans, and a mild sauce. If you crave a burrito, try the amazing double cheesy beef burrito for 89 cents. The most popular item on the value menu, it is made with cheese, beef and rice. For those with 99 cents, Taco Bell offers many options. Your basic crunchy taco is much tastier than Jack-in-theBox’s regular tacos. Filled with beef, lettuce, and cheese, you can’t go wrong with a crunchy or soft taco. For those vegetarians, the bean burrito is the perfect option with beans, cheese, onions, and mild sauce. Also, they offer the big taste taco which is bigger than the soft taco and filled with red taco crisps. For dessert, have the Carmel Apple Empanada. It is like a dessert taco. Taco Bell is a new, refreshing option to help save your money and feel satisfied at the same time. You don’t always have to have a junior cheeseburger with your loose change. “Think outside the bun.”


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February 13, 2009

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Classic books jump onto the big screen WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

The beloved children’s book is scheduled to be transformed into a beloved children’s movie on Oct. 19. The movie is scheduled to be half animated and half real time. While Max (Max Records) is at home, he will be surrounded by real people, but when he goes into the forest, it will become animated.


In the latest installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) must begin the quest towards finding Lord Voldemort’s (Ralph Finnes) weakness. Harry, also known as the choosen one, is the new quidditch captain for Gryfindor and must lead his team to victory. Among the regular Harry Potter drama comes a new obstacle, love. This movie is filled with tons of romance between our main characters.

Title: Gran Torino Rating: R


zen River” Melissa Leo in “Fro


The bouquet is thrown in the air. Two women lunge for it with near indecent enthusiasm, and the women around them look slightly unnerved. And who can blame them? “Bride Wars” is teeming with basketcase-esque behavior. When two best friends (Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson) find a secretarial error has led to their respective weddings being booked for the same place on the same day, one of them must choose a different venue. When neither is willing to budge, the two longtime friends become rivals and engage in all-out bridal warfare. You can almost see the reptilian “bridezilla” tails sprout from their backsides as they compete for services, cake, and guests, while simultaneously trying to sabotage the other’s wedding. Despite a simplistic plot with no depth, it is actually somewhat amusing to watch one grown-up woman covertly dye her friend’s hair blue, and one tan the other’s skin to the color of a healthy carrot. It’s all tied off with a syrupy ending that can be seen a mile and a half away. The film owes a lukewarm success to the great acting of Hathaway and Hudson’s ability to cry very realistically. “Bride Wars” is actually really humorous in some parts, in spite of the lack of substantial meaning and complexity. This movie is best watched with friends for a good laugh. Those people who are used to this kind of formulaic muffin-tin style chick flick should avoid “Bride Wars,” because they’ll feel like they’ve seen it before. Others can watch this lighthearted, albeit non-extraordinary, film just to see how orange Anne Hathaway can get.

-Kelly Fan

Best Actress in a Lead Role

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Movie: Bride Wars Rating: PG


Hugh Jackman is back as Marvel’s Wolverine in “X Men Origins: Wolverine.” The movie revolves around his quest for revenge against Sabertooth for killing his girlfriend. His quest for vengeance leads him to enter himself in the Weapon X program. “Wolverine” is scheduled to be released on May 1.


The highly anticipated “Watchmen” is scheduled to be released March 6. The bestselling graphic novel takes historical events and shows how they would go if superheroes were around then. It was originally published in 12 volumes back in 1995 and is still 45 on the graphic novels bestsellers list.


“Angels and Demons” is scheduled to hit the big screen May 15. Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) must first solve a murder and then unravel a terrorist threat.


There was a loud noise outside in the garage. Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) immediately jumps out of bed and grabs his rifle to investigate. As he enters the garage, he sees someone trying to steal his 1972 Gran Torino. Upon being discovered the person runs away. Kowalski is a grumpy vet from the Korean War who is living in a neighborhood with a lot of gang activity. The person who was trying to steal his car was his new neighbor, Thao Vang Lor (Bee Vang). Thao is a quiet teen, constantly being harassed by his cousin, whose gang wants Thao to join them. Upon finding out about him trying to steal Walt’s car, Thao’s mother forces him into working for Walt. As time goes on, Walt becomes closer with Thao and his family. One day, Thao was coming home from work when his cousin and his gang mugged. After hearing about this, Walt goes to their house and threatens one of the gang members with a pistol. The next day, Thao’s house was shot up, wounding Thao. A few hours later, his sister Sue Lor (Ahney Her) arrived home, after being beaten and raped by the gang. Walt realizes action must be taken against this gang, but knows he has to plan out what needs to be done, and in the end, his decision brings a surprising turn. “Gran Torino” was an outstanding movie. Eastwood’s role as the grumpy vet was perfect. There were many humorous moments in this movie, as well as very dramatic scenes. The acting of some of the actors could have been better, but, in the end, it still contributed to a moving production.

-Sean Williams



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February 13, 2009

From the End of Heaven Students get to see the outer layer of teachers every day in class, but happens when you look a little

Sarah Carrigan

Integrity is who you are, not who is watching It has been said that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught. Think about that for a moment. It’s a dog eat dog world out there, we’ve got to take care of numero uno before worrying about the anyone else. Who cares if we do something wrong, break a couple of rules? It’s our lives, and our actions aren’t going to hurt anyone else. As Bobby Brown and Britney Spears so eloquently lamented, “Why can’t you just let me live? It’s my prerogative.” And despite the fact that Britney and Bobby are hardly a healthy fountain of ethical guidance, the majority of American teenagers seem to agree with them. According to Associated Press, in the past year, 30 percent of U.S. high school students have stolen from a store and 64 percent have cheated on a test. Still, 93 percent of the students said they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character, and 77 percent affirmed that “when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.” In other words, even if you lie, cheat, or steal, you can still be a good person. Ironic? Hypocritical? Yes. But that’s okay. Remember, questionable behavior is okay as long as you don’t get caught. Or at least it is for people with little character, and no respect for the rest of the world. In the movie, “Pay it Forward,” Haley Joel Osment suggests that by doing one nice thing to three people, you can change the world because they will help three other people and so on. Well surprise, surprise, but the opposite is also true. By withdrawing into our own bubble we may not be hurting anyone, but we certainly aren’t helping anyone, and the only thing it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. It is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do. As John D. MacDonald observed, “Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won’t cheat, then you know he never will.” Many years ago, several men were walking through O’Hare Airport in Chicago. One of them had just sold his company for tens of millions of dollars; or in other words, he was not poor. As they were passing a newspaper vending machine, this man put a quarter in, opened the door to the stack of papers inside, and began dispensing unpaid-for newspapers to each of the others. When one of his friends was handed a newspaper, he reached behind the wealthy man and put a quarter in the machine. Trying not to offend, but wanting to make a point, the friend jokingly said, “Jim, for 25 cents I can maintain my integrity.” Most of the time, integrity doesn’t even cost that much. Where your conscience is concerned, it is the freest thing in the world. A man named Alan Simmons said it best: “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” All this being said, my wish is that we can all be more like the four year old boy who, when his parents came home, ran to them exclaiming, “I got in time-out two times!” You can’t have more integrity than that.

deeper, and you try to see...

To the Core

Teachers lounge place for relaxing, socializing KAREN MICHEL STAFF WRITER In the land of education, there exists a sanctuary for teachers and administrators that permit them to find some sort of sanity from a day full of grading papers and teaching adolescents. This sanctuary is called the teachers lounge. MC’s teacher lounge is located where the library used to be during construction of our school a couple of years ago. This luxurious room stretches across from the front to the back of the F building. The lounge is put in between several different classrooms with doors leading to each one, such as Joan Quesada, Sean Carter, and John Anderson. With the lounge being so overwhelmingly spacious, it was divided into separate rooms such as the teachers’ kitchen, the dining room (that’s right, their own dining room), the work alcove, and of course the bathrooms. Not being that much different from the outside campus, the teachers lounge is equipped with over 100 cubbies (our lockers). There is the board of excellence that displays the achievements of Rick Mercurio’s article in the North County Times to instructor Warren Torns achievements as band director (our F.A.C.E.S in the Sun Center). And then the many separate tables for the teachers to sit at and socialize (our cafeteria).

With 182 staff members from different departments put into one lounge, cliques of friends are bound to gather. The language teachers with the language teachers, the English teachers with the English teachers, and the science teachers with the science teachers. However, in spite of these groups, math teacher James Lafferty believes that the idea of high school cliques remains in the past. “There are definitely people that are more comfortable hanging out with someone who share their common interest,” he said. “But we are all adults, if I feel like I want to go sit with a different group they’re not going to tell me no.” Despite these significantly similar traits to the students portion of the high school campus, the teachers in the teacher lounge still find ways to bond with each other regardless of what department they are in. “Every Thursday we have a snack club where teachers who sign up bring in snacks for everyone in the club,” Lafferty said. “In order to eat the snacks, you have to have signed up for the snack club and bring in at least one snack for everyone to eat.” Many teachers see the teachers lounge as a privilege considering the fact that many other schools lack one as large as MC’s. The teachers lounge was made as a place for teachers to go back to when the classroom begins to get too rowdy. DANIEL THAN | PHOTOGRAPHER

MC teachers escape from the hustle and bustle of the classroom to their very own lounge where they indulge in a dining room, several couches and most of all good company. Every Thursday they meet for snack club, and many teachers have taken up a second office space in the room.

Female teachers enjoy travel, staying close to home ALISON ASHWORTH STAFF WRITER


Teacher Alison Talle poses for a picture with her kids Luke and Paige. Talle enjoys spending down time with her family, reading, and running.

As the final bell on Friday sounds, students pour out of classrooms. They discuss their weekend plans, looking forward to the short break they are granted from textbooks and homework. Teachers lock their classroom doors and head to the parking lot, also thankful for time away from the hectic school schedule. While the students break is filled with movies, friends and relaxation, teachers have hobbies of their own they enjoy. AP art history and art graphics teacher Alison Talle enjoys chauffeuring her two kids to their sports practices, and spending quality time with her family. “We just got ‘Guitar Hero,’ so we spend a lot of time on that with the family,” she said. When Talle has time to herself, she enjoys working out, running and reading. “Most of my weekends are down time,” she said. “During the week we are so busy, and always have places to go.” Spanish teacher Marie Cashion enjoys reading and participates in a book club. “Some of the people in the club are teachers I even used to work with,” she said.

A world traveler, Cashion has been to Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Peru to learn about different cultures. She also enjoys walking and gardening in her free time. Like Cashion, AP biology teacher Jodee Janda also enjoys travelling, and will be exploring Costa Rica during the president’s holiday. “We will go zip lining through the canopy, kayaking, white water rafting, and snorkeling,” she said. She has also travelled to Italy, Greece, Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland, and Japan. She is looking forward to her trip to Egypt this summer. “We will be touring the pyramids, see the Sphinx, cruise the Nile and visit the Valley of Kings and Queens,” she said. Janda is also an avid skier, snowboarder, rock climber, has been practicing Shotokan karate for five years, and is a second-degree black belt. Along with Shotokan, Janda practices samurai sword fighting, and is hoping to become a black belt soon. “I went to Japan to practice with a sword group we’re connected to there,” she said. “It’s a very ancient art, so not only is it good exercise, but I’m learning an ancient art form and a lot of history about it.” Teachers’ hobbies and weekend activities can vary as much as the subjects they teach.

Male teachers let loose by gaming, writing, shooting hoops JORDAN UGALDE STAFF WRITER They assign homework, they give out information, they might even whack their students with noodles, but outside of teaching, what really goes on in the “secret” life of a teacher? For APEC teacher Lee Raskin, his free time is spent playing the online computer game World of Warcraft for about an hour each day. “A friend of mine from college said he was going to play and that I should join,” Raskin said. “Surprisingly, a lot of adults play [‘World of Warcraft’].” In addition to playing games, Raskin also travels the world, by means of a house swap. Through the website, Raskin contacts people around the world, and they exchange houses for vacation. “It’s a lot cheaper than paying for a hotel,” Raskin said. But some teachers enjoy the simpler things in life, such as reading poetry. Physics teacher John Earnest finds it lamentable that poetry isn’t highly valued in our soci-

ety, especially since it has so much to offer. “It’s able to express what it means to be human,” Earnest said. It can challenge you, it can inspire you, it can motivate, and it can cause you to reconsider things.” Earnest would try his hand at poetry, but unlike his favorite poet Dana Gioia, Earnest‘s message “just won’t translate to a broad audience.” However, what interests some might not interest others. Instead of reading poetry, six teachers take part in a district wide fantasy basketball league. Rick Mercurio, Kris Hizal, Ken Matson, Frank Liao, Steve Middleton, and James Lafferty compete against each other and teachers from other schools, mostly for fun and pride, but also for the towel that the league’s winner receives. “[The league] has been around for over 20 years,” Lafferty said. It’s just a bunch of teachers that have worked [together], either in the past or present, and it’s a chance to hang out and have fun. Teachers like to have fun too you know.”


History teacher Lee Raskin plays the popular computer game “World of Warcraft.” Male teachers at MC like to write poetry, travel, and even play in a district-wide fantasy basketball league.


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February 13, 2009

Drive-ins, ballroom classes serve as alternative to mundane hang outs VANDANA BAHIRI STAFF WRITER It’s a Saturday night. What are your plans? For most teenagers, plans would be catching a movie at your local theater, or going out to dinner with friends. However, for some MC students a Saturday night would include an alternative type of dancing: ballroom. “It’s just very different from anything we usually do,” junior Brooke James said. James as well as her friends got hooked into ballroom dancing through the “Dance of the Decades” that most juniors participated in. Some enjoyed it so much that they decided to pursue it even further. “I enrolled in the six and a half period ballroom with Ms. Rodillon,” junior Audrey Blantern said. For extra credit, James, Blantern, and junior Stephanie Valdez went to a ballroom dancing place called Synergy. “It’s really elegant and old-fashioned,” Blantern said. James agrees and adds on saying that “it’s like going to a different time.” Valdez feels like ballroom dancing has given her insight on what dancing used to be like. “I have a better understanding on what people used to do,” she said. “I like that type of dancing. It’s more elegant.” At Synergy, people do all types of ballroom dancing such as waltz, cha-cha, samba, swing, fox trot, tango, and many others. “I try to do the ones Mr. Pacilio did,” Blantern said. Taking a break from the stereotypical teenager, some MC students use what they learned in class to have fun on the weekends. In addition to ballroom dancing, some MC students, like senior Kirstin Kragten, go to

drive-in movies. “[I like drive-in movies because of] the fact that you can pop your own popcorn [and] you can lie down,” Kragten said. “…It’s more private.” While most may think that drive-ins only carry “old” movies, Kragten disagrees. “When I went this summer, we saw ‘The Dark Night’,” she said. The atmosphere is also quite different than a regular theater. “There are a lot of families,” she said. “The people are really nice. If it’s a rated R movie, then the people are older, but it’s mostly family.” While there may be families, there are a lot of people who are on dates. “[Drive-ins] are totally dating,” she said. “You can kiss without thinking if people are looking at you.” There are many benefits as well as a few drawbacks to drive-ins. The biggest benefit would have to be the cost. Regular movie theaters would be $10 - 11 for adults and you aren’t permitted to bring your own food. At South Bay, tickets are $7 for adults, $1 for kids ages five to nine, and free for kids four and under. You can also bring whatever food or drinks you want. Whereas in a regular theater, you have to buy the overpriced food and drinks. You can essentially go on a date for less than $20 for the both of you. However, the biggest drawback would be the distance. There are regular movie theaters all around San Diego, but the closest drive-in would either be in Santee or Coronado. Despite the drawbacks, drive-in movie theaters make for great family time or a romantic date.

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Brooke James (11) and Alec Sobejana (11) practice their ballroom dancing skills as many others do for fun on the weekends.

Dance clubs offer unique venue for teenagers CATHY MCDERMOTT COPY EDITOR Finding a decent dance club for minors can be challenging and frustrating. Most students have already decided that any of the clubs that are open to 18 and below are filled with pedophiles and bad dancers. Face it, clubs for high school students are never like the ones you see in movies. However, there are plenty of decent clubs around San Diego for minors. They may not qualify for five stars, but with an optimistic group of friends and plenty of high energy, you’ll have just as much fun. So here are some tips on finding the best club spots.


Most dance clubs open to minors are

not open regularly. The majority of them are only open once or twice a month for all ages, meaning you’ll have to find out the dates of the events before hand. Just find their page on MySpace, and you can check out their electronic flyers.


A lot of them are in more “shady” areas so always go in a group. A big part of enjoying your night out is feeling safe and comfortable. When you’re in a good size group of friends it’s easier to kick back and have fun. No one wants to spend their night worrying.


If you have high expectations, you’re going to be disappointed. Never go in and start pointing out everything that’s wrong

with club. Too many people, not enough seats, music is too slow, etc. Ignore everything you think is not up to par, get on the dance floor, and make the most of it, because you’re already there. Plus no one wants to hear you complain. No, not even your friends.

Dance Venues for 18 & under Kieto Entertainment Inferno Nightclub


I know it sounds like a given, but sometimes people seriously forget. You’ll need about $20, for club coverage, beverages, and a snack after. The average club cover is about $10, but at some clubs the ladies get in free if they come early. Dance clubs can always be fun if you have the right attitude going in. Until you reach 21 or at least 18, the clubs are going to more on the low scale side, but just make the most of what you have.

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Theme parks provide great hang out for teens ABBY MANSOUR STAFF WRITER Screams, twists, turns. The three minutes of pure exhilaration makes the anxiety filled 40 minute line seem like a faded, distant memory. “They [roller coasters] are just so thrilling!” freshman Brent Nelson said. Even though almost every amusement park has its signature roller coasters, some Sundevils have a defined favorite amusement park.


Although most would agree that Disneyland’s signature rides such as Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Matterhorn make it worth going to, English teacher Bob Pacilio argues that there is just an indescribable “vibe” about this park. “It’s like being a kid again,” Pacilio said. It seems like everywhere you look there is something to do and something to see. However, some Sundevils contend that the rides aren’t exciting enough. “They’re just so sissy,” freshman Nathan

Glassman-Hughes said. Overall, freshman Briana Pompa-Hogen approves of Disneyland as a park. “If you’re looking for a fun-filled day and don’t mind rides that aren’t as scary, Disneyland, being about an hour and thirty minutes away, is definitely worth the drive,” she said.

California Adventure

Conveniently located just steps away from Disneyland, California Adventure is another popular amusement park among MC students. Although there are substantially fewer rides, the rides that they do have are “enough to quench your rollercoaster thirst,” PompaHogen said. When one gets tired of the rides, there are a lot of activities to do, such as the boardwalk games. Along with winning prizes, it is also a nice escape from the huge lines. With everything that California Adventure offers, from California Screamin’ to the kid-friendly playground,

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this park has something the whole family can enjoy.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Although Knott’s does have some mild rides, it is known for its big thrillers, such as Ghost Rider, Silver Bullet, and the Accelerator. Pompa-Hogen remembers her first ride on the Silver Bullet. “My stomach was turning inside-out; I was so scared!” she said. One disadvantage of Knott’s is the long lines. More often than not, the park is extremely crowded, leading to 40-70 minute waits to go on a five minute ride. “The lines can be ridiculous sometimes,” Nelson said.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Despite the long drive of over two and a half hours, is the longest, if you are a roller c o a s t e r junkie, this is the park for


“Goliath is the best roller coaster ever,” Nelson said. “The 250 foot drop is worth everything; the drive, the line, everything.” Overall, Six Flags Magic Mountain is the best place for the thrillers, but if you’re not a big roller coaster person, the long drive will probably not be worth it, as you have to be addicted to spinning, dropping, and flipping to get much from Six Flags.

Soak City

This theme park in Chula Vista certainly lives up to its name, making it the ideal park for a hot summer day. “It’s nice to stay cool when at other parks you can get super hot,” Pompa-Hogen said. From relaxing Lazy River to exhilarating Pacific Spin, this park has nearly every water ride imaginable. This park is also the closest, being only 40 minutes away. However, caution to park-goers: be sure to bring a towel, especially on windy days, as it is extremely unpleasant to wait in a line while soaking wet in the wind. AMANDA STINTSMAN | PHOTOGRAPHER

In case you hadn’t already guessed, music is a huge part of my life. I live for the time I spend in the crowd of any local venue. My love for music might be explained by the fact that it is the only thing that can unite a crowd of strangers. This love has been growing stronger all my life, from the time I was young. The song “My Generation” by the Who always inspired me when I was a kid. On the surface it seemed to be nothing more than an unadulterated youth protest song, a simple feeling that can be packaged and sold by the music industry. Fortunately the true classics of music aren’t quite as simple as what you see on the surface. Real music is fraught with deeper meanings, sometimes even contradictions of what you see on the surface. It’s possible that an infinite number of interpretations of songs can exist. Words written by one artist can hold different meanings for different people. This is why I have such an appreciation for local music. It is pure, uncorrupted music, not just another product manufactured by the MTV machine. Here are my top five reasons to support local bands: 5. They don’t try to sell you a 25 dollar t-shirt. Seriously, what sane person would pay that much for a t-shirt? I don’t care what’s on it. Five or ten dollars is a much more reasonable price. 4. Believe it or not, they actually appreciate your support. You could very well be helping to launch a music career. 3. You can actually get somewhere near the stage! Shows are way less expensive and way more intimate. Smaller shows are known for having a much more exciting vibe and way more crowd participation. 2. You can meet the bands. Seriously I’ve been basically punched in the face by a member of one of my favorite local bands... accidentally of course. It could happen to you too… 1. Our local talent kicks ass. The myth that national bands are any better than those who practice in their parents’ garage is completely untrue. But local bands aren’t the only ones whose lyrics can mean something deeper than the surface. If you look more closely at the lyrics of “My Generation” and listen as Roger Daltrey stutters through words it’s not entirely impossible that he could be critical of his generation. Daltrey’s staggered speech could be an imitation of the stutter common to many amphetamine users of his generation. It’s possible that they could have been mocking parts of their culture, the very culture that they participated in. Part of me can relate to the indignant protest of this song. We’ve grown up in a time of more abundant technology. Unfortunately for us, this has brought about drastically increased opportunity for degeneration. Sometimes I feel like I can’t relate to my generation at all. The simple truth is that a vast majority of teenagers are complacent slaves to the media. We have been raised as rampant consumers: trained, conditioned, and perfected. We care about the shallow and forget the profound. Our concerns are often no more than skin deep. It’s hard to summon up any anger when we are criticized by adults. I somehow manage to detach myself from my generation in my mind. I couldn’t possibly be a part of this generation of followers. But somehow I still am able to find some sort of relation to my generation in the music of local bands that is still untouched by the media. In my eyes, music is not just a product, it is as essential as breathing.



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February 13, 2009

Relationships Tricky Terms “Open Relationship”

Defined as a safe relationship; one that mimics a real partnership but lacks the factors like jealousy, and other such emotions that come with a serious relationship. Also, a physically involved relationship, where both individuals enjoy some comforts of sitting on the fence between serious relationship and simple friendship.

“With” To unofficially be in a relationship with someone; involves consistently dating them and not seeing other people but not officially being “in a relationship.”

“In a relationship”

Serious and committed. Not being involved with other people and being devoted to your significant other.

“Hooking up” Usually involves little or no emotional attachment. Starts with mingling with some people, and then spotting a cute guy/girl and start talking. Followed by flirting and resulting in kissing. Usually isn’t followed by anything after that night. A hook up is what is referred to as doing those things when you’re not in a relationship with anyone.

Couples make it last through thick, thin


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, couples everywhere are preparing themselves for an eventful day. Those brand new couples are constantly checking their phones for any new messages leaving clues for their day tomorrow. Those long-term relationships are shopping around the mall looking for gifts that will say, “I’ll love you forever.” And then, there are the relationships that can barely make it through a day without breaking up over was right about what movie they watched a couple of nights ago. These “on and off again” relationships seem to be growing exponentially, and unfortunately around Valentines Day. The couples of these relationships are regularly arguing over simplistic things such as, “Who was Ashley and why was she texting you ‘hello’ on your phone?” “My boyfriend and I are always getting into fights,” an MC senior said. “We’ve been dating for over two years but sometimes it seems like it’s been more than that; we

fight like we’re a married couple.” Regardless of these redundant fights, these couples have been able to withstand through a relationship that most people normally don’t. “I realize that people don’t really think that they’re [on and off again relationships] worth it, because in the end someone’s always going to be heart-broken,” she said. “But I think that we deserve just as much credit as those long term relationships do. I mean, you don’t see them still together after a week’s worth of fighting.” Relationships are meant for two people who are willing to devote their own time and effort between each other. To fall in love, is to grow an understanding of why your partner acts the way they act. People may disagree with those relationships that are constantly breaking up and getting back together the next day. But those relationships in a way are living proof that if you truly do love someone, you can still maintain a relationship with them despite your differences. “At the end of the day we are still together and we still care and love for each other just as much as the day we first started dating,” she said. “I think that these little random fights only bring us closer.”

Students look for various factors in significant others; character presides above physical looks VANDANA BHAIRI STAFF WRITER When we are four, maybe five-years-old we like someone because he has “the pretty toy” or because she has “the awesome crayons.” Nothing serious, in fact most of it is probably materialistic. As we grow older and become more mature, the things we look for in the opposite gender change as much as what we wear. “I want a guy who is sensitive, nice, has a good sense of humor…and will respect me,” freshman Gina Musto said. “He has to stay honest and be able to act mature.” While Musto may have her criteria, freshman David Brewster has some of his own. “[I like] a girl who’s nice and cares about the effects she has on others,” he said. “…Laid back, but still can be fun and crazy.” Sophomore Emily Wargo agrees with this, adding her own standards. “[I’m looking for] someone who I can get along with and has a good heart and is a Christian,” she said. “Because we have to strengthen each others walk with the Lord.” Sophomore Jeremy Panlasigui feels that personality means more than anything else. “It’s not like [looks] matters to me, personality is

more important,” he said. Junior Nick England believes that the most important thing is free time. “They can’t be too busy but they also have to have time to spend with friends and family,” he said. Junior Carly Voris values friendship as a priority. “He has to be willing to treat you as a friend before anything else,” she said. Senior Raven Hunter’s key criteria are respect and confidence. “[I want] a person who won’t act different around their friends,” she said. “[And] confidence is key…like the way they present themselves.” While some may not care for looks, senior Johnny Fitzmaurice believes that appearance is what first gets you interested. “You first see if they’re attractive,” he said. “When you meet them, you see attributes; with a sense of humor and good morals, things are going to go far between you.” Wargo also feels the same. “The physical stuff lures you in, but the personality and the heart keep you interested,” she said. Hunter firmly stands with the fact that personality is by far the most important. “Of course everyone wants a guy who looks decent, but personality dominates,” she said.

“Going out”

To become romantically linked with someone and see them on a regular basis. Commonly synonymous with “dating.”

“Friends with benefits”

Sean Ryan Phillips (12) and Savannah Libby (10) have been together for 16 months.

Defined as a safe relationship; one that mimics a real partnership but lacks the factors like jealousy, and other such emotions that come with a serious relationship. Also, a physically involved relationship, where both individuals enjoy some comforts of sitting on the fence between serious relationship and simple friendship. COMPILED BY KAVERI GYANENDRA | FEATURES EDITOR

Matt Magallanes (12) and Alejah Tabula (12) have been in a relationship for about five months.


B section of Issue 7 of 2008-2009 school year  

Issue 7 B section of Mt. Carmel SUN 2009

B section of Issue 7 of 2008-2009 school year  

Issue 7 B section of Mt. Carmel SUN 2009